From IMDb: A secret society holds a meeting to determine what to do about a powerful and dangerous man whom they have been studying closely for the past three months. They all agree that he deserves to die. Two of the members, Farallone and Forrest, are both in love with Lilith, the group's only female member. But Lilith accepts neither of them, preferring to devote herself to the group's cause. When the group meets again and deals cards to all the members, Forrest draws the ace of hearts, meaning that he will be the one to carry out the assassination. Lilith then suddenly agrees to marry him, in order to give him courage. But after their first night together, both of them begin to feel differently about what they have planned.
Stars: Lon Chaney, Leatrice Joy, John Bowers, Hardee Kirkland, Raymond Hatton, and Edwin N. Wallock
*I would have loved to include the music for this film, but like almost all music made for silent films released on DVD it was under copyright.*
September 22, 2016 Subject:
Good Triumphs Over Evil In The End
Enjoyed this film. A piece of history. This film must be in the public domain because IMDB refers people to watch it free on Archive.org by this link: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2222524185
They would not purposely participate in copyright infringement or they would lose credibility. Sad that the music could not be included as it seems it was copyrighted.
April 27, 2011 Subject:
April 22, 2011 Subject:
Is this really public domain?
Lon Chaney is great and I have several of his movies on DVD including Ace of Hearts. But the public domain version has not been restored while the version listed here has been restored (it may have been taken from the set TCM Archives). I would think a new copyright was probably taken out. The music is copyrighted as it was written for the restored version. I notice other movies like this on archive.org and hope someone will straighten out the legality issues.
Ace of Hearts is quite melodramatic and Chaney hams it up, however I like him and this is movie is recommended. However I do worry this version is not legal to download.
Most of Chaney's films were destroyed or eroded in time, with "talkies" being "in" why save the silents? (Buster Keaton had the only copies to many of his early works which he left behind when he sold his big house. Thankfully they were found and recently have been nicely restored. If you download one of his films from this site, remember the public domain ones are the ones that are scratchy and not very good quality).
Restoring old films has been a good way to preserve valuable art but takes a capital investment to make happen, which is why I worry about what may NOT be in the public domain.
April 14, 2011 Subject:
Many, many thanks!
I am almost at a loss for words to thank whomever contributed this beautiful, obscure, silent film that brings out the talent of Lon Chaney Sr. and the beauty of his craggy features so often distorted in other films by one of his "thousand faces."
The silents were his true medium. Just compare one of his last, "The Unholy Three," with the sound version of same, which he made just before he died of cancer, and you'll see what I mean.
Would that there were more of Chaney's films on the Internet Archive and on the Internet in general.